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Indian River Golf Academy
presents…… “An Inside Look”
In a continuing effort to elevate the awareness of young players and parents in the game of golf and employment opportunities in the golf industry, the Indian River Golf Foundation, under the umbrella of the Indian River Golf Academy, will present a new program called “An Inside Look”.
This program is offered at NO COST to individual participants. Offered throughout the year, “An Inside Look” will be in the form of presentations by experienced professionals in each respective area of the golf industry. This program will be hosted by area golf facilities.
Times of presentations will center around Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with other times necessary due to current facility operations.
An Inside Look” will feature the following on-site tours and presentations:
- Outside Golf Services – Quail Valley Golf Club – Saturday, January 24 (3:00 p.m.)
- Golf Shop Operations – Bent Pine Golf Club – Saturday, March 28 (3:00 p.m.)
- Golf Course – Vero Beach Country Club – Saturday, April 18 (3:00 p.m.)
- Golf Tournament Operations (Local – State – National) – TBA
- Administrative & Membership – TBA
- Food & Beverage Operations – TBA
- Golf Instruction & Learning Centers – TBA
- Manufacturer Sales Representatives (Apparel & Golf Equipment)
There are a number of local employment opportunities at golf facilities in Indian River County. For those who are interested in golf, there are job openings available every year in Golf Shops….the center for golf equipment and apparel sales, tournament operations and golf handicap services. Outside Golf Services offers jobs serving as a Cart Attendant, Practice Range Attendant, Golf Bag Attendant, Starter, Ranger and Caddy. There are other employment opportunities working in Golf Course Operations such as an Equipment Operator, Spray Technician, or as an Irrigation Technician. Food & Beverage Operations are always looking for food servers or for a variety of positions in the kitchen. Some individuals may be interested in employment opportunities in the Administrative Department which includes Membership, Communications, Human Resources, Accounting and Secretarial.
Larger golf facilities may have employment opportunities in the departments of Swimming Pools, Tennis Courts, Fitness Centers and Day Care.
A number of other employment opportunities are available in the golf industry.
- Golf Equipment Sales Representatives – Golf Equipment Demo Days
- Golf Apparel & Accessories Sales Representatives
- Golf Cart Sales Representatives
- Turf Management Equipment Sales Representatives
- Golf Management (Sports Agent)
- Positions with Regional, State and National Golf Associations (amateur and professional)
- Tournament Operations of various Tours for Juniors, Amateurs and Professionals
- Golf Course Design Companies
- Driving Range (Learning Center) Facilities
LaPadula Wins Inaugural Florida LPGA*USGA
Girls Golf Championship
Brittany LaPadula of the Indian River Chapter took top honors in the Inaugural Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Championship at Grand Harbor Golf Club in Vero Beach, FL – Saturday & Sunday, July 27th & 28th. The 1st Annual event was hosted by the Indian River Chapter of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. Brittany’s championship run featured back-to-back 73’s for a 2 over par 146. Taylor Sukmana shot 82 -80 – 162 finishing as Runner-Up. Close behind was Sarah Noonan, winner of the 13 – 15 age group at 77 – 86 – 163. Second place in the 13 to 15 age group was Mary Kate Hiller turning in 83 – 87 – 170.
Pictured is the starting field: Tatiana Boehning, Brianna Fitzpatrick, Gabrielle Perlstein, Shannon Fitzpatrick, Kayla Martellotti, Alison Santini, Savannah Mansueti, Gabriella Melendez, Frances Melendez, Emily Chester, Lashea Rolle, Mary Kate Hiller, Brittany Soucek, Cassidy Stepanek, Sarah Noonan, Brittany LaPadula, Taylor Sukmana, Abby Murphy, Nicole Wilkes, Meghan Faria and Olivia Grimmich. Host professionals were Frank Mentzer – Director of Golf at Grand Harbor Golf Club, Anthony Donadio, IRGF Program Coordinator and Roger Van Dyke, IRGF President. Indian River Chapter Site Director Kirk Noonan and Co-Director Jennifer Chester.
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Chapters Represented
Indian River Chapter – Central Florida Chapter – Palm Beach Chapter
In the 13 – 18 age group division of 9 hole players, Meghan Faria 57 – 63 – 120 edged Olivia Grimmich 63 – 63 – 126. The 10 to 12 age group division featured two days of 9 hole SCRAMBLE. First place honors went to the team of Gabrielle Perlstein / Shannon Fitzpatrick 47 – 42 – 89 in the Split Tee Division and Gabriella Melendez/Frances Melendez 46 – 47 – 93 in the Forward Tee Division.
Full Results (2 Days):
18 Hole Division – Individual Stroke Play – National Junior Scoreboard Ranked Tournament Division
1st Brittany LaPadula 73 – 73 – 146
2nd Taylor Sukmana 82 – 80 – 162
3rd Sarah Noonan 77 – 86 – 163 (1st Place in 13 – 15 age group)
4th Mary Kate Hiller 83 – 87 – 170 (2nd Place in 13 – 15 age group)
5th Brittany Soucek 89 – 83 – 172
6th Cassidy Stepanek 98 – 91 – 189
7th Brianna Fitzpatrick 98 – 93 – 191
9 Hole Division – Individual Stroke Play
1st Meghan Faria 57 – 63 – 120
2nd Olivia Grimmich 63 – 63 – 126
9 Hole Division – Team Scramble – Split Tees
1st Gabrielle Perlstein – Shannon Fitzpatrick 47 – 42 – 89
2nd Emily Chester – Kayla Martellotti 45 – 47 – 92
9 Hole Division – Team Scramble – Forward Tees
1st Gabriella Melendez – Frances Melendez 46 – 47 – 93
2nd Abby Murphy – Nicole Wilkes 46 – 48 – 94
3rd Alison Santini – Savannah Mansueti 50 – 48 – 98
4th Lashea Rolle – Tatiana Boehning 63 – 54 – 117
Caddies Permitted for Players of all Age Groups
Caddies carried bags, pushed carts or were the drivers of golf carts.
All players were required to walk.
This service was well received by all players.
Thanks to the hospitality of host professional Frank Mentzer, Director of Golf and the entire leadership and staff of Grand Harbor Golf Club. The special services provided for this two day tournament were greatly appreciated. The golf course was phenomenal. Everyone enjoyed being at Grand Harbor.
Special thanks to Site Director Kirk Noonan and Co-Director Jennifer Chester. Their leadership in this inaugural event was most valuable. The LPGA Girls Golf Foundation provided tournament gifts for each participant. We are also thankful for the expertise of LPGA Foundation Kiernan Schindler who assisted in the planning of this event.
Prior to the start of play, participants received pink “Chicks with Sticks” caps, custom logo bag tags, mints and LPGA tees. During the Awards Luncheon, each player received
a special commemorative picture showing their very own complete swing sequence (start to finish) in a stand-up frame including the name of the event along with logos and dates. This special service was provided by Connie Lee who worked on the project overnight so players could pick these up on Sunday. Connie is the Official Photographer of the Indian River Golf Foundation and the mother of junior golfer Randy Lee. Players may go online and place orders for pictures taken this weekend at connieleephotography.com
The Indian River Chapter – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf has requested Grand Harbor to host this event the same weekend next year (last weekend in July).
Special Note on LPGA*USGA Girls Golf / Indian River Chapter
Through local chapters, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) supports girls by introducing them to the game of golf and the values that are inherent to the game. It provides an opportunity for girls, ages 7 to 17, to learn to play golf, create friendships, and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game.
The only national initiative of its kind, Girls Golf is administered through a partnership between The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), both non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
Girls Golf members learn values inherent to the game of golf, such as patience, respect, perseverance and honesty, preparing them to meet the challenges of today’s world with confidence. With over 250 programs across the globe and more than 10,000 members world-wide, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf has emerged as the leading golf program for girls in the country.
The Indian River Chapter of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf provides an affordable and solid foundation for girls who want to play for fun with friends and family, to compete at the high school, college, and/or local, state and national levels or to learn for future career purposes, both inside and outside of the golf industry. Site Directors are Kirk Noonan (dad of junior golfer Sarah Noonan) and Jennifer Chester (mother of junior golfers Emily and Adam Chester).
The Indian River Chapter is operated by the Indian River Golf Foundation with PGA Professional Anthony Donadio, Tournament Coordinator and PGA Life Master Professional Roger Van Dyke, President.
For additional information on LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and activities of the Indian River Golf Foundation, contact:
Roger Van Dyke, President Anthony Donadio, Program Coordinator
Indian River Golf Foundation Indian River Golf Foundation
(772) 713-9593 (772) 766-1146
Kirk Noonan, Site Director Jennifer Chester, Co-Site Director
Connie Lee – Official Photographer
Carter Dalili, son of Dr. & Mrs. Curtis Dalili, Vero Beach, will be a 6th grade student at Gifford Middle School this next school year. Carter is heading to the 2013 U.S. Kids World Golf Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Golf Club in North Carolina to be played Thursday – Saturday, August 1st – 3rd. His exempt status into the World Championship was made possible by his 1st place finish in the 2013 U.S. Kids Florida State Championship (Age Group 11 Year Old Division) winning his age group by three shots. With a strong finish at the World Championship, Carter will qualify for the World Cup Matches (U.S. Team vs. International Team) scheduled for Sunday, August 4th also at Pinehurst Resort.
WESTON, Fla. — Final results from the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Weston Hills Country Club.
Boys Par: 36-36–72. Yardage: 6992. Rating: 74. Slope: 135
Girls Par: 36-36–72. Yardage: 6018. Rating: 75.5. Slope: 137
Taylor takes home first AJGA title at Under Armour® / Steve Marino Championship
Kim fires final round 215 to secure victory in the Girls Division
WESTON, Fla. — Payton Taylor of Vero Beach, Fla., picks up his first AJGA win at the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Championship. Dylan Kim of Winter Garden, Fla., prevailed in a one-hole sudden- death playoff against Daniela Darquea of Quito, Ecuador to capture the title.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Under Armour® / Steve Marino Championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 course at Weston Hills Country Club – Tour Course. The event features 57 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 6 states and 10 countries. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,992 yards while the Girls Division is playing the course at 6,018 yards.
Taylor shot a final round 1-under-par 71 for a tournament total 212 to earn his first AJGA win. Taylor, who started with a one-stroke lead going into the final round, made an eagle on No.12, a par-5.
“This win means a lot to me because it gives me momentum going into the summer,” Taylor said. “I definitely have more confidence in my golf game to put me on the top leaderboard in future tournaments.”
Qi Wen Wong of (Singapore) Bradenton, Fla., and Steven Chervony of Boca Raton, Fla., finished with a tournament total of 214 to take second place. Christian Zimm of Naples, Fla., Anthony Gabriele of West Palm Beach, Fla., Daniel Whelan of Coral Springs, Fla., all share fourth place at 1-over-par 217.
Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Championship
*Update* Caddies are allowed and encouraged in all divisions!
Hosted by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf – Indian River Chapter
Grand Harbor Golf Club – Vero Beach, FL
Saturday – Sunday, July 27 & 28, 2013
Formats of Play
Age Groups Yardages Number of Holes Number of Days Format of Play
16 – 18 5400 18 Holes 2 Individual – Stroke Play
13 – 15 4900 18 Holes 2 Individual – Stroke Play
13 – 18 2450 9 Holes 2 Individual – Stroke Play NEW
10 – 12 2200 9 Holes 2 Teams of 2 – Scramble
9 & Under 1900 9 Holes 2 Teams of 2 – Scramble
SNAG Golf Division 9 Holes 1 Teams of 2 – Scramble
Note: Players in the team format may register as a team or individually. Individual player will be matched with other players in the same age group by the Tournament Committee.
Note: The Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Champion will be awarded to players at 5400 yards. Players from the 13-15 age group may play up.
Tee Gifts will be presented to each player.
Schedule of Activities – Grand Harbor Golf Club
Saturday – Round 1 – Tee times for all players – First tee time at 1:00 p.m.
Individual / Team photographs prior to the start of play
Sunday – Round 2 – 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start followed by tee times for 9 hole players
Sub Sandwiches – Chips – Soft Drinks
Pick Up Individual / Team photographs
Awards Commemorative Wall Plaques for INDIVIDUAL & TEAM winners.
In the event of inclement weather, the tournament will be reduced from the number of holes originally planned. In this event, scores will be converted to (+ or -) in relationship to par to determine results.
Golf Carts / Caddies for Ages 9 & Under
Golf carts will be available to OFFICIALS and SPECTATORS.
Caddies are allowed for all players.
Spectator carts are permitted and may be rented from the Golf Shop. Spectator carts must either remain on cart paths or rough areas. Spectators (walking or in carts) must remain at least 30 yards (short pitch shot) from players. Exception: Players ages 9 & under + all SNAG Golf players may have parents serving as caddies.
The official hotel of the Florida LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Championship is SpringHill Suites at 5115 Indian River Blvd, Vero Beach, FL 32967 Phone: (772) 978-9292. Mention the Indian River Golf Foundation for discounted rates, or book online at www.marriott.com/mlbvb and use corporate code 4IR.
Notice to Competitors & Local Rules Sheet
A Notice to Competitors outlining all details of the event will be distributed in advance by e-mail to all participants. A Local Rules Sheet will be listed on the back of the Notice to Competitors. Both will be distributed on the first day prior to the start of play.
Registration and Entry Fees (Scholarships Available):
Entry Fees: $70 for 18 Hole Division Players – $50 for 9 Hole Division Players
SNAG Golf: $20
The game of golf, as I’m sure you know, is one that rarely leaves you satisfied. There is always the competitive drive to break personal milestones, win more tournaments, and take your game to the next level. After any round, you can pick apart shots and holes that could’ve been better, and this analysis gets you up early the next morning to engrain what you couldn’t execute a day prior. If you don’t feel that intrinsic hunger to go lower and play better and win more often, then this is probably not the best sport to dedicate your youthful athleticism to chasing. That being said, if you do want to improve and get to that next level (which I assume you do because you are reading this), I will impart my advice and personal experiences that I believe can take your game, as it did mine, from nowhere to now here.
I did not start out being the best player in my state, area, or even neighborhood. I was finishing middle of the pack in junior events, shooting rounds in the mid 70s up to the low 80s, and playing the kind of mediocre golf that makes for great weekend scrambles. This certainly wasn’t where I wanted the ceiling to be for my game. So, I set out on a campaign to improve my game across the board, a campaign that culminated in winning the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship my senior year, finishing my junior career in the top 50 in the world rankings, and playing at the top line-up of the Yale University Men’s Golf Team in every event. I will attempt to outline here how I did it, and how you can do it too.
First, it must be known that these kinds of transformations do not happen overnight, and they do not happen easily or comfortably. It requires a great deal of diligent practice, both on and off the course, but the rewards are more than worth the sweat that goes in. The biggest thing that must be examined and changed is how you practice. For me, my practice routine once consisted of hitting some range balls, a few lazy chips and putts, and going and playing on the course until I had to leave. This is ineffective practice, and it is passive. In golf, unlike other sports, there is not necessarily a direct correlation between hours logged and game improvement. There is, however a correlation between diligent and disciplined practice hours logged and game improvement.
When you are on the range, you should have alignment sticks down 95% of the time. You should be going through your full pre-shot routine on every shot, unless you are making a mechanical change, in which case you should be taking care on every repetition of the drill. Always mind the fundamentals, like grip, setup, alignment, etc. Also, it is always better to take an hour to hit a bucket of balls than 30 minutes to hit three buckets. Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect, disciplined practice makes perfect.
Short game and wedge practice is probably the most important part of your time spent with a golf club. Find a wedge configuration that you like, and stick with it. This is where the great majority of all of your practice time should be. Having a strong short game and wedge game will make your good rounds even better, but more importantly, it will turn 80s into 75s. Saving pars and taking advantage of your wedge opportunities is what keeps you in tournaments. If it had to be quantified, I would argue that at least 75% of your practice time should be with a wedge. For me, it is more qualitative. If after six months there is not a noticeable grooved out center in my wedge face, then I haven’t spent enough time with that club. Practicing with wedges doesn’t need to feel like work, either. The key to good wedge practice is to find importance in each shot. Don’t drop 100 balls 3 feet off the green and hit them all to the same flag. Play games with yourself, play games with your friends, but find a reason to care about the results of each chip/pitch/wedge that you hit. Drop 100 balls all around the green inside 50 yards and make yourself get 70 of them up and down. And chart your progress! There’s nothing more encouraging than tangible improvement.
The putter is unarguably the most important club in your bag. There are several facets to successful putting practice. The first, and most important, is short putts. 80% of my putting practice is between 2 and 8 feet. These are the putts that you inevitably face at least 10 times per round, the ones that matter most when the pressure is highest, and the ones you most often face for par and need to make for birdie. Go through your full routine on every putt, but hit thousands of these. In addition, there is the feel/speed side of putting practice. There are countless games for this, but make sure you are keeping your speeds consistent. Your eyes see breaks based on the speed you are accustomed to hitting your putts. Do all the speed work in practice so your subconscious can kick in when you need to perform. Finally, in putting practice, there is the pressure side. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood over a 5-foot putt on the last hole and been barely able to hold the putter. Only through years of hardcore pressure practice was I able to roll those putts into the hole. The way to put artificial pressure on putts is by playing games with yourself. Force yourself to make 10 6-footers in a row around the hole, or any other of the million putting games from inside 12 feet. Trust me, the 8th, 9th, and 10th putts will feel like they are to win the Masters. Last, if you start a game or drill, do not leave the putting green until it is finished. That sense of completion is where you will draw your confidence, and putting is 95% confidence.
Finally, a portion of the game that is often overlooked but has proved to be invaluable in my transformation is the mental aspect. I was a skeptic of mental coaching, but after diving into the material on the topic, I found it to be integral to the success I enjoyed. I read every Bob Rotella book and worked with Dr. Mo Pickens at Sea Island, and they taught me the value of independence of shots, dealing with bad holes, not only playing but thriving under pressure, and the importance of mental and physical pre-shot routines, among countless other topics that are so dear to my golf game today. I would highly recommend reading Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella. If you apply the principles outlined in that book, you will inevitably see noticeable improvements in your scores.
It is my sincerest hope that if you apply these suggestions, you, too, can take your game from nowhere to now here. I know you will enjoy the transformation that occurs, and changing the way you practice and think will be an enjoyable experience because you will be able to see and build on your improvements. Good luck, and play well!
About Will Davenport
I was born in Miami. FL moving up to Palm City at the age of 8. I got started in golf at Martin Downs Country Club when they offered a free junior golf clinic, and I just wanted to go up and check it out. I was immediately hooked. Since then, my parents and sister took up the game, and it has made for an amazing family activity and vacation motive!
As far as influence, I have been blessed with many coaches and advisors along the way, but my grandpa is someone I look up to a lot and has shaped the way I play and think about the game. He was a professional golfer and a real cowboy, and his wisdom and even just his awesome stories have been key inspirations in my golf career.
My grandpa is Bill McLeod, from Sweetwater, Texas. The stories on him are endless, from thrashing Gary Player back in the day to winning fortunes with Titanic Thompson, arguably the greatest player ever, both right and left handed. Check out the book “Titanic Thompson: The man who bet on everything”. My grandpa played for him for many years. He lives on a hunting ranch in Blackwell Texas now, and he is really the hegemonic American golfer/cowboy.
In addition to my grandpa, my friends and family have been the most amazing support system for me in pursuing my hopes and dreams.
Golf Career of Will Davenport
Will Davenport was born in Miami moving up to Palm City at the age of 8. Shortly thereafter, he tried out a free golf clinic at his home club, and immediately became hooked. Since then, he has enjoyed much success in his careers in junior golf and tennis.
His senior year in high school, Will was captain of the tennis and golf teams, playing in position #1 on both teams. He lead both teams to state championship appearances. He was honored to have been named Treasure Coast Player of the Year by TCPalm in both sports.
Will had second place finishes in the FHSAA State Tournaments as an individual and as a team in both golf and tennis. He managed to win both team and individual titles at Districts and Regionals multiple years in both sports.
Outside of high school, Will enjoyed a successful junior career. He won multiple District, Regional, and State tennis tournaments. In golf, he had top 3 finishes at the 2010 AJGA Mayakoba Classic, the 2011 FCWT National Championship, and the 2011 Florida State Junior Championship. He accumulated multiple golf victories, including wins at the 2011 Junior Honda Classic and 2011 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. His junior world ranking reaching into the top 50 on Golfweek.
Will was named to the HP Scholastic All America Team and the Hugh Cranford All Scholastic Team. He maintained a 4.0 GPA, winning the Biology Award, and qualifying for National Merit.
Since arriving at Yale University, Will has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. He has started in the top 4 of the lineup in every event finishing in second place finish at the 2013 MacDonald Cup Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
Daniel Bova wins men’s golf Champions of Character award
Zach Shore | @Jersey_SID88
4/29/2013 12:06:49 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. – On Sunday, The Sun Conference announced the 2012-13 men’s golf Academic All-Conference and Champion of Character award winners at a banquet hosted by Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club.
The Champion of Character award is given to the athlete that best exemplified the five core values of the NAIA, which are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
This year’s winner of the award was Daniel Bova of Warner University. Bova has won the Warner University men’s golf team Champion of Character Coaches Award for two consecutive years and is Warner’s lone Academic All-Conference selection.
“Daniel is constantly leading by example both on and off the course,” stated Warner Head Coach Craig Wilsman. “He organizes extra team get-togethers and enthusiastically helps lead the team when we go to fill in divots after our golf tournaments. He has always fulfilled his role on the team to the fullest of his abilities and is always encouraging the guys to give their best. He has also volunteered to tutor kids in the area and has helped wrap Christmas gifts for the underprivileged children by assisting the Lake Wales Care Center.”
Student-athletes were recognized for their achievements in the classroom led by SCAD Savannah who placed six student-athletes on the Academic All-Conference team with Southeastern and Webber International close behind with four each. To qualify for Academic All-Conference honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least two full semesters at the nominating institution and carry a 3.5 of better cumulative grade point average.
The Sun Conference Championship begins today with a continuous 36-holes on with the final 18 holes to be contested tomorrow.
For more tournament information and results, click here.
CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER AWARD
Daniel Bova, Warner
Frederic Thiriez, Southeastern
Steven Wright, Southeastern
Mark Lyszczasz, Southeastern
Isaac Spencer, Southeastern
Daniel Bova, Warner
Ryan Carter, St. Thomas
Jakob Good, St. Thomas
Neale Barnes, SCAD- Savannah
Andres Escobar, SCAD- Savannah
Rasa Lazarevic, SCAD- Savannah
Tom Mather, SCAD- Savannah
Billy Nisbet, SCAD- Savannah
Dylan O’Leary, SCAD- Savannah
John Boer, Webber International
Alex Carpenhall, Webber International
Gustaf Hydbom, Webber International
Franciso Rivero, Webber International
Harrison Steel, Johnson & Wales
Jason Harris, Johnson & Wales
Kris Karlsson, Embry-Riddle
Sneh Patel, Embry-Riddle
Inaugural Season – Combined Elementary School (CES)
Indian River County Fairgrounds – Soccer Field #8
Saturday, April 6, 2013
of Indian River
……..changing lives one swing at a time.
VERO BEACH, FL – The Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF) has been selected as the host organization for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Indian River, a nationwide development golf program that encourages girls ages 7 – 17 to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a supportive and positive learning environment. Girls Golf of Indian River is one of over 130 sites located around the United States.